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(via Progressive Secular Humanist Examiner)

About Terry Firma

Terry Firma, though born and Journalism-school-educated in Europe, has lived in the U.S. for the past 20-odd years. Stateside, his feature articles have been published in the New York Times, Reason, Rolling Stone, Playboy, and Wired. Terry is the founder of Moral Compass, a now dormant site that poked fun at the delusional claim by people of faith that a belief in God equips them with superior moral standards. He joined Friendly Atheist in 2013.

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  • The Starship Maxima

    Game. Set. Match. :))))))

  • chicago dyke

    JP Temple Morgan spokesperson says, “It was just. He upset banks.”

    Roman Army reports: “He was a rabble rouser, and opposed our occupation of Judea. clearly a traitor to the Empire.”

    Prostitutes Guild of the Greater East Med Region: “He was a pretty cool guy. He washed our feet and said nice things. He didn’t really understand that we need actual money, but he was still a nice person.”

    Peter: “Who? Dude, that’s some Ancient News Network BS. I was never there. No, really.”

  • Miff

    “Coming up next, how Jews are destroying the Roman Empire.”

  • A3Kr0n

    Very good.

  • lucky21

    Man, the writers of Family Guy would probably have this as a gag and it would be just as cringe worthy.

  • SJH

    Socialist? I don’t think so. Try again.

  • duke_of_omnium

    I have always said that in another time and place and story, American Christians would be competing to shriek “Crucify him!” the loudest.

  • Erp

    I have to agree, Fox would call him a communist not a socialist (afterall his followers had Anamias and Sapphira killed for not handing over all their property).

  • Alice

    They died because they lied (not that that makes their deaths any more justifiable).The followers specifically said the couple could have done whatever they wanted with their property.

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  • momtarkle

    Well played.

  • momtarkle

    And not just Christians.

  • baal

    Ok, communist? It’s sort of anachronistic to go there though. I don’t see any bible support for capitalism or anyother economic system.

  • Agni Ashwin

    “I was just standing my ground.” — Pilate

  • Rationalist1

    Not quite. In Acts 5 the original lie to the Holy Spirit was keeping back some of the profits from the sale of the land from the apostles.

    “Now a man named Ananias, together with his wife Sapphira, also sold a piece of property. 2 With his wife’s full knowledge he kept back part of the money for himself, but brought the rest and put it at the apostles’ feet.

    3 Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.”

    Peter never said they would have been okay if they kept the money for themselves, only that they were free to do with the money what they wished, and then they suffered the consequences of their actions.

  • CanuckAmuck

    The followers specifically said the couple could have done whatever they wanted with their property.

    That was mighty white of them.

  • Camorris

    Isn’t it interesting that back then, as today, it was all about the money. The God works in mysterious ways, but it is baffling why he can’t magically poof money into existence for his cause, but he can instantly kill someone for not turning all of theirs over. God seems more like a human.

  • Camorris

    In my opinion, Christian leaders don’t want Christ to return because they would become redundant. Likewise, merchants of Christian bling would then have worthless inventory (how much would you pay for a natural Christmas tree on Boxing Day).
    America (and most modern westernized countries) is rightfully proud to have shed the church supported Devine Right of Kings form of government in favour of democracy. Why do American Christians yearn to give power back to an unelected celestial overlord?

  • Artor

    You’re stretching a bit to suggest that the talking heads at Fox understand the difference between socialism & communism.

  • Artor

    Oh, those poor, persecuted Romans! They can’t even crucify someone without being criticized.

  • Red-Star

    In other news the Roman government is considering giving tax exemptions to Judas Iscariot and his family for generations to come. Some UnRoman people dislike this, we’ll come back with a debate about how evil they are at 5.